Pack your lunch in a backpack and set off for the Kesänkijärvi lean-to shelter. This easy hiking trail is surrounded by rugged fells and gives you the chance to experience some of Lapland’s finest nature.
The midnight sun burnishes the landscape and reflects the steep slopes of Kesänkitunturi and Kellostapuli Fells onto the lake surface. Kesänkijärvi Lake, which is situated at the mid-point of the route, is set amid virgin forest, streams and lush springs. More information about the secrets of taiga forests is available on the information boards along the nature trail.
The route has been upgraded, and the first section up to the lean-to is accessible for the disabled. Stay alert when you stop for a break or you may be sharing your lunch with the bold jays.
After the lean-to shelter, the route continues over a metal broadwalk into the forest and then along duckboards across the Hormistonjänkä Mire before returning to the starting point at Kesänkijärvi parking area. The duckboards are easy to walk along, but they are too narrow for prams. On the open marshland, you can enjoy the fragrances of the marsh and also admire the rich colours in the autumn. Perhaps you’ll also find a cloudberry or two tucked in next to the duckboards.
Rest StopKesänkijärvi platform
Yllästunturi Visitor Centre Kellokas
Lapland Hotels Äkäshotelli
The weather can change rapidly on the fell, and visibility can deteriorate very quickly. Always prepare for cold and rain; you should be prepared for wintery conditions in spring and autumn even if the weather is warm when you set off.
Mobile phone reception is not available on all hiking routes. The signal is usually better in higher and more open terrain. Download the 112 Finland application free of charge and activate it before starting your hike. Remember that mobile phone batteries run down quickly in cold conditions.
Tips and hints
Read the instructions and rules for the national park at https://nationalparks.fi/pallas-yllastunturi
Free trail map are available at https://retkikartta.fi
For hiking instructions, rules and tips, go to https://nationalparks.fi/hikinginfinland
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Dress according to the weather and choose footwear that is suitable for varied terrain.
Take something to eat, a drink, warm clothing, a fully charged phone, matches, toilet paper, a map, a first aid kit and a rubbish bag with you.
Finnish tap water is very clean. Fill your water bottles before starting out, because you may not necessarily have access to natural water. The availability of natural water varies, and each person uses it at their own risk.